Apple yesterday widened the reach of its popular online App Store to an additional 32 markets.
Citing an e-mail sent to registered iOS and Mac developers last night, 9to5Mac said that the new markets are mostly in Africa, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.
The App Store expansion follows an announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook at last week's Worldwide Developers Conference that the online store would branch out to the 32 new markets, adding up to 155 regions across the world.
The 32 new areas: Albania, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo, Fiji, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritania, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.
The store currently holds 400 million active accounts. More than 650,000 apps abound, and 30 billion have been downloaded since the store's birth in 2008. Apple has also handed out $5 billion to developers over the past four years.
The App Store achieved its 25 billionth download just this past March, showing a steady rise since 2008. The first nine months saw 1 billion downloads. That number hit 5 billion in June 2010, 10 billion in January 2011, and then surpassed 18 billion last October.